YMCA hosting open house today to promote fitness for 50-plus generation
SYDNEY — The YMCA of Cape Breton is encouraging people aged 50 and over to get fit for fun.
“ We recognize that being active has a major impact to our quality of life,” said Colleen Kyte, chair of the Fit for Fun at 50+ open house. “ We want to encourage Cape Bretoners to be more active at all ages.”
Spurred on by an increased interest in fitness for people entering into their golden years, the event will feature sample fitness classes and information on fall prevention, healthy backs and functional fitness, which includes co-ordination, balance, reach, flexibility, sitting and standing.
The event will also feature nutrition breaks, a blood pressure clinic and walks around the YMCA track that are specially designed to prevent injury.
The occupational therapy department of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital will also be on hand to provide information on the benefits of staying active.
“ We recommend exercise and active living for all ages,” said regional cardiologist Dr. Paul MacDonald, a faithful fitness enthusiast. “Being mobile encour- ages independence.”
The open house takes place today , from 9 a.m. until noon at the YMCA, 399 Charlotte St., Sydney.
The event is free of charge and participants are asked to bring sneakers and to dress comfortably. Fit for fun includes door prizes, refreshments and a gift from the YMCA. For further information, phone the YMCA at 562-9622.